ABSTRACT -Context -It has been demonstrated that the ageing process affects esophageal motility. Objectives -To evaluate the effect of the age on the proximal esophageal response to wet swallows. Method -We measured the proximal esophageal response to swallows of a 5 mL bolus of water in 69 healthy volunteers, 20 of them aged 18-30 years (group I), 27 aged 31-50 years (group II), and 22 aged 51-74 years (group III). We used the manometric method with continuous perfusion. The proximal esophageal contractions …
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